"Thank you. You were right. I had to tell the Clan myself. You have a good spirit, young one. When it is time for you to receive your warrior name, tell Sunfall I would have named you Lionheart."
Pinestar to Lionpaw in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 310

Lionheart is a golden tabby tom[2] with green eyes,[12] and thick fur like a lion's mane.[2]

Lionheart was a deputy of ThunderClan under Bluestar's leadership in the forest territories. He was born to Speckletail and Smallear as Lionkit along with his sister, Goldenkit. He became an apprentice as Lionpaw with Swiftbreeze as his mentor. During his apprenticeship, he witnessed Pinestar visiting the Twolegplace, but told nothing to his Clanmates when Pinestar asked him. However, when Pinestar decided to leave ThunderClan and become a kittypet, Lionpaw convinced him to tell the Clan about it himself, and Pinestar said that he would have named him Lionheart. Sunstar granted him the name, Lionheart, when he became a warrior and he fathered Frostfur's kits: Brackenfur, Cinderpelt, Thornclaw and Brightheart. Lionheart mentored Graypaw as his first apprentice, training him with Firepaw when the kittypet joined ThunderClan. After Redtail died, Bluestar made Lionheart deputy; however, he died due to his wounds after ShadowClan attacked ThunderClan's camp. He ascended to StarClan and granted Firestar and Bramblestar one of their nine lives, and fought in The Great Battle.


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The Prophecies Begin

"Understand that Bluestar does not make this offer lightly. If you wish you train with us, we will take you to our Clan. You must either live with us and respect our ways, or return to your Twolegplace and never come back. You cannot live with a paw in each world."
―Lionheart to Rusty Into the Wild, page 22
Lionheart is a ThunderClan warrior and has an apprentice, Graypaw. While on a patrol with Bluestar, they witness Graypaw fight a young ginger kittypet. Impressed with what they've seen, they offer him to join ThunderClan. The next day, he and Whitestorm are surprised to see Rusty accept their offer, and they lead him to their camp. He briefly explains to Rusty about the warrior code and Clan life. When Longtail challenges Rusty's placement in ThunderClan, Lionheart encourages him to prove his worth.
After Redtail's death, Bluestar names Lionheart deputy. He and Tigerclaw train the newly renamed Firepaw by showing him the territory and teaching him, Graypaw and Ravenpaw how to stalk prey. He forms a close bond with Graypaw and Firepaw, and gently teases them when they don't pay much attention to his stories during a Gathering. Lionheart remains in camp while Bluestar, Tigerclaw, and the apprentices journey to the Moonstone. However, ShadowClan attacks the camp and Lionheart is killed. Graypaw mourns for his mentor during the vigil, and Bluestar chooses Tigerclaw as his successor. He appears in StarClan during Firestar's leadership ceremony and grants him the gift of courage.

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In Bluestar's Prophecy, Lionkit is born to Speckletail alongside his sister, Goldenkit. He becomes an apprentice and is mentored by Swiftbreeze. He trains with Bluepaw and Snowpaw and the former is often annoyed by the young apprentice's cheerful attitude. However, Bluepaw admires his strength and courage. Sunfall takes over his training when Swiftbreeze is expecting kits, and Lionpaw discovers Pinestar sneaking into Twolegplace, and defends his leader when Pinestar announces he was leaving to become a kittypet. Pinestar admires his spirit, and tells him he would've named him Lionheart. Sunstar follows through Pinestar's request, and Lionpaw receives his warrior name of Lionheart. He becomes one of Bluestar's most trusted warriors.

Detailed description

Lionheart is a big,[13] broad-shouldered,[14] bulky,[15] pale[16] golden tabby tom[2] with green eyes.[12] He has thick,[3] tufty fur,[17] and thick fur[2] around his neck,[3] like a lion's mane.[2]

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Lionheart's deputy ceremony
Bluestar: A new deputy must be appointed. But first, let us give thanks to StarClan for the life of Redtail. Tonight he sits with his fellow warriors among the stars. And now I shall name ThunderClan's new deputy. I say these words before the body of Redtail, so that his spirit may hear and approve my choice. Lionheart, will be the new deputy of ThunderClan.
Reference: Into the Wild, page 51


Lionheart's parents are Smallear and Speckletail, and his siblings are Goldenflower, Snowkit and Mistlekit. His mate is Frostfur, and Thornclaw, Brackenfur, Brightheart and Cinderpelt are their children. For more of Lionheart's family, click here!



Author statements

  • Vicky has said on more than one occasion about the possibility of Lionheart fathering Frostfur's kits,[18][19] and at least once that Lionheart never fathered kits.[20]
  • Vicky thinks that Smallear may be Lionheart and Goldenflower's father.[21]
  • Lionheart is one of Kate's favorite characters.[blog 1]


  • Lionheart has mistakenly been described with yellow eyes,[22] and shown as a solid colored cat,[23] despite being a tabby.[2]
  • In The Elders' Concern, Lionheart was said to be the deputy before Firestar,[24] even though Tigerstar became deputy after Lionheart died.[11]
  • In The Last Hope, it is said that he gave Firestar a life of justice,[25] when he really gave him a life of courage,[26] and Redtail gave him justice.[26]


The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • In Secrets of the Clans, a 2007 field guide, he is listed as Sunstar's apprentice,[27] even though his mentor was Swiftbreeze.[9] Lionheart speaks about StarClan, describing the afterlife of Clan warriors, their relation to the living cats, and their journey to the lake.[28]


Goosefeather: "This is how we will be crushed by WindClan."
Lionkit: "How can a dumb bit of fresh-kill tell you that?"
—Lionkit asking how fresh-kill can tell him what will happen Bluestar's Prophecy, page 97

Lionpaw: "I love snowy days... Everything looks so clean and bright."
Bluepaw: "You love everything."
—Lionpaw being teased by Bluepaw Bluestar's Prophecy, page 143

Lionpaw: "I wish I'd gone! I could have used that move you taught me."
Bluepaw: "It's the only one you know!"
Lionpaw: "So? I would have just used my instinct the rest of the time."
—Lionpaw wishing he could have been in the battle Bluestar's Prophecy, page 193

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"No! I will not lie for you! You might not want to be our leader anymore, but you could at least be brave enough to tell the Clan yourself. They deserve to know the truth, that you are leaving to become a kittypet."
―Lionpaw getting angry at Pinestar Code of the Clans, page 148

Lionheart: "You see now why prey is so precious. Why we must fight to protect what little we have."
Firepaw: "But that seems foolish! Why can't the Clans work together and share their hunting grounds, instead of fighting each other?"
Tigerclaw: "That is treacherous thinking, kittypet."
Lionheart: "Don't be too fierce, Tigerclaw. The ways of the Clans are new to this apprentice. You speak from your heart, young Firepaw. This will make you a stronger warrior one day."
Tigerclaw: "Or it might make him give in to kittypet weakness right at the moment of attack."
—Lionheart and Tigerclaw showing Firepaw their territory Into the Wild, page 60

"There is a trace of all the great cats in every cat today. You can thank LeopardClan for the speed and hunting skills you now possess. We would not be night hunters without our TigerClan ancestors, and our love for the sun's warmth comes from LionClan."
―Lionheart to Graypaw and Firepaw Into the Wild, pages 145-146

"Oh, go away, the pair of you! Next time I hope Bluestar decides to bring apprentices who appreciate what they hear."
―Lionheart gently teasing Firepaw and Graypaw Into the Wild, page 146

Lionheart: "Safe journey."
Bluestar: "I know I can trust you to keep the camp safe."
Lionheart: "Remember, you are almost a warrior. Don't forget what I have taught you."
Graypaw: "I will always remember, Lionheart."
—Lionheart bidding Bluestar, Tigerclaw, Firepaw, Graypaw and Ravenpaw farewell on their journey to the Moonstone Into the Wild, page 168

"We have come to give you strength."
―Lionheart to Leafpool Leafpool's Wish, page Chapter 1

"We have come to do something we should have done a long time ago, we would like to give you your warrior name. You have far more than earned it, with the courage, fairness, and loyalty you have shown to these cats..."
―Lionheart praising Ravenpaw Ravenpaw's Farewell, page Chapter 10

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 47
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 197
  5. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 143
  6. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 360
  7. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 101
  8. 8.0 8.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 51
  9. 9.0 9.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 176
  10. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 72
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 199
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 17
  13. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 45
  14. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 180
  15. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 270
  16. Revealed in The Sight, page 183
  17. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 249
  18. Revealed onVicky's Facebook
  19. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  20. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  21. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  22. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 407
  23. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 520
  24. Revealed in The Elders' Concern, undefined
  25. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 329
  26. 26.0 26.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, pages 48-54
  27. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 23
  28. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans

Author references

Major Warriors characters
The Prophecies Begin FirestarGraystripeYellowfangCinderpeltSpottedleafSandstormCloudtailBluestarTigerstar
The New Prophecy BrambleclawFeathertailStormfurSquirrelflightCrowfeatherTawnypeltLeafpoolHawkfrostMothwing
Power of Three LionblazeJayfeatherHollyleafBreezepeltRockSolAshfur
Omen of the Stars DovewingIvypoolLionblazeJayfeatherCinderheartHawkfrostTigerstarFirestarFlametail
Dawn of the Clans Gray WingClear SkyThunderTall ShadowWind RunnerRiver RippleTurtle TailJagged PeakStormBright Stream
A Vision of Shadows AlderheartNeedletailTwigbranchVioletshineDarktailTreeRowanclawTigerstarLeafstarFinleap
The Broken Code BristlefrostRootspringShadowsightBramblestarSquirrelflightAshfur
Graystripe's Adventure GraystripeMillie
Tigerstar and Sasha SashaKenJeanPineShnukyTigerstar
Ravenpaw's Path RavenpawBarley
SkyClan and the Stranger LeafstarBillystormSol
Super Editions FirestarSandstormLeafstarSkywatcherBluestarThistleclawSnowfurGoosefeatherCrookedstarOakheartRainflowerMapleshadeSharpclawEchosongStickYellowfangSagewhiskerBrokenstarRaggedstarTallstarJakeSparrowBramblestarSquirrelflightJessyMoth FlightMicahHawkwingTigerheartDovewingSpireCrowfeatherBreezepeltNightcloudAshfootSquirrelflightBramblestarMoonlightGraystripeGremlinFang
Novellas HollyleafFallen LeavesMistystarMothwingCloudstarTigerclawLeafpoolSquirrelflightDovewingBumblestripeMapleshadeGoosefeatherRavenpawPinestarSpottedleafThistleclawThunderstarLightning TailRedtailTawnypeltShadowstarPebbleshineTreeMothwingDaisySpotfurBlackfoot
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